Protecting birds and their habitats can be as simple as changing your morning coffee. A young Wellesley birder has created a conservation campaign to encourage neighbors and businesses to switch to shade-grown coffee, which is better for the environment and birds.
Henry, age 10, has been birding for most of his life and drawing birds for the past few years. He was looking for opportunities for environmentally-minded volunteer projects, but because of his age there were limited options. Henry decided to combine his passions for art and birds and launch a public awareness campaign to share the benefits of bird-friendly coffee grown under the canopy of forests.
Why drink shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee?
• Increases density and diversity of bird species
• Sustains wintering areas for migration
• Improves bird health and habitats
Coffee grown in shaded-areas also has larger environmental benefits: supports sustainable farms, protects rainforests, wastes less water, and grows slower, which makes a richer flavor. To find shade grown coffee, look for Bird-friendly or Rainforest Alliance symbols.
For more information, visit http://parkerbirds.com/coffee or follow @parkerbirds on Instagram. If you would like to promote this campaign, stickers and posters are available for sharing. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artwork by Henry Malec-Scott © 2022